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    As part of member services at the Paranormal Romance Guild, we have created a number of Discussion Forums. No one knows the solitude of writing like another author. We hope these forums will provide you with connections to writers and readers. Got a new release? Need plot twist? Can’t find the right research tools? Thinking about using a writer’s software program, but want user feedback? Got a bad review? This is the place for you to come and chat with others who are in your shoes!

    We need your help keeping this area a SAFE SPACE for conversations. Remember that though these conversations are virtual, the participants are not. At the other end of every discussion forum thread to which you contribute is one or more of your fellow authors. They deserve and expect the same respect and courtesy from you as you deserve and expect from them.

    Remember also that visual and auditory clues inherently readable in face-to-face discussions, such as facial expressions and voice inflections, all of which deliver the intangibles in a message, are completely unreadable in online forum discussions. Being purely textual, conveying the proper attitude and intent in this format calls for restraint and mindfulness on the part of each participant. Particular care in the crafting of both your postings and your responses is required. Emoticons assist with this but are not perfect replacements for face to face interactions.

    To help you, here are the “Netiquette” ground rules for the Paranormal Romance Guild Discussion Forums. Following them will help you maximize the experience that comes from using an online environment to discuss different issues as well as to share and examine contradictory thoughts, ideas, and opinions with your fellow authors.

    10 Ground Rules

    Participate: This is a shared social environment. You may lurk. You are not required to participate. However, for your maximum enjoyment, we urge you to be engaged in the conversations.

    Report Glitches: Discussion forums are electronic. They break. If for any reason you are having difficulty participating, email and inform the moderators.

    Help Your Fellow Authors:
    You may have more experience with online discussion forums than other authors. Give them a hand. Show them it’s not that hard. They’re really going to appreciate it!

    Respect Your Fellow Authors:
    Read everything in the discussion thread before replying. This will help you avoid repeating something someone else has already contributed. Acknowledge the points made with which you agree and suggest alternatives for those with which you don’t.

    Be Brief: You want to be clear—and to articulate your point—without being preachy or pompous. Be direct. Stay on point. Don’t lose your readers in an overly wordy sentence or paragraph. Be civil.

    Respect Diversity: It’s a multi-cultural world in which we live. Use no language that is offensive—or could be construed as such— toward others. Racist, sexist, and heterosexist comments are unacceptable, as are derogatory and/or sarcastic jokes directed at religious beliefs, disabilities, and age.

    No YELLING! Be friendly. Using bold, upper-case letters is bad form, like yelling at somebody, NOT TO MENTION BEING HARD ON THE EYE.

    No Flaming! Criticism must be constructive, well-meaning, and well articulated. Please, no tantrums. Rants directed at or about any of your fellow writers are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The same goes for profanity.

    NO AND WE MEAN NO SPAMMING. Nothing will get you tossed out faster than posting sales of sunglasses or work from home schemes. Not on our watch!

    Lastly, You Can’t Unring the Bell! Language is your only tool in an online environment. The electronic footprint you leave behind is strictly verbal. Be mindful: your fellow authors’ perceptions of you is one of your own making. Once you’ve hit the send button, you’ll find your statements harder to retract.

    These forums will be monitored by Sharon Buchbinder , Andrew Grey, and Aleksandr Voinov. We are responsible for ensuring the smooth running of these forums and have the authority to delete threads and warn authors if they do not adhere to the ground rules noted above. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or comments.

    Thanks for your kind attention!


    Awesome job!!!


    Thanks, Andrew! Shouldn’t you be telling us all about your new release? Heat us up on this snowy day?



    Marta C. Weeks

    Hi, Sharon, you explain everything clearly.Thanks.


    Thanks, Marta! I lean heavily on my teaching background. 😉


    Thanks, Marta!

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